Mindful Eating

If your meal times are often squeezed in between tasks or eaten in front of the TV, you could be missing out on the full enjoyment of your food and end up eating more as a result. By learning to eat mindfully you can begin to really savor and appreciate the joy of eating, and also learn to eat less and make healthier choices in the process, helping you to be a healthier you!

Before you put your food into your mouth and while you’re eating think about…

  • How does the food look? Shape / Color / Shade
  • How does it taste? Sweet, sour, bitter, salty, tangy?
  • How does it smell? What sort of aromas can you pick up?
  • How does it sound? This might feel a little strange at first but will help you to really appreciate the entire eating experience.
  • How does it feel? In your hand / through your knife and fork / In your mouth – is it hard, soft, rough, smooth, crunchy, melting?
  • How does it feel in your body? Physical sensations / Emotions / Hunger / Satisfaction

Mindful eating means being fully aware of what you’re eating and how you’re eating it. It’s a simple idea which should help you to think more carefully about what you choose to eat and how to notice the thoughts, sensations and feelings that take place while you’re eating. Fast food, eating on the go and the many distractions of modern life have led to lots of us becoming out of touch with our hunger and ‘mindlessly’ eating foods that leave us feeling unsatisfied. We will often eat more than we really need which in turn leads many people to gain weight. Mindful eating is an opportunity for you to recognize and change these behaviors by learning to regain control over how you feel and eat, and to enjoy and feel satisfied with the food you choose.

Balancing Food & Physical Activity

Maintaining a healthy weight is not easy! In a world full of quick fixes and fad diets, the emphasis is not about healthy eating. To keep a healthy weight, it is important to eat healthy and be active.

Eat a variety of foods

Choose a variety of foods every day; it is important to eat whole grains, fruits and vegetables, lean meats and low-fat dairy. All foods, including your favorites, fit in a healthy diet! Eat treats in moderation, keeping your serving size small.

Exercise Regularly

One of the most important steps in maintaining your weight is to balance what you eat and drink with physical activity. Older adults should incorporate aerobic activity, muscle-strengthening activity and balance training for those at risk for falls. Always talk to your doctor before starting a physical activity program.

Drink Plenty of Water

Drinking water keeps you hydrated without adding calories. Drink when you are thirsty, but try to drink more in hot weather or when exercising.

Eat Regular Meals

Eating breakfast helps you feel full throughout the day. Eating three smaller meals and a couple of healthy snacks may help you stay fueled throughout the day.